A massive raid carried out against suspected child sex offenders netted more than 2,300 arrests in the U.S.
A massive raid carried out against suspected child sex offenders netted more than 2,300 arrests in the U.S., the Department of Justice announced Wednesday, as it promised to “strike back against these horrific crimes.”
The three-month long operation, called “Broken Heart”, ended in May after being carried out by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces in all 50 states, with more than 4,500 law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, local and tribal levels.
“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have contributed to the dissemination of child pornography and created more incentives for the production. We of the Ministry of Justice are determined to strike back against these horrific crimes.”
The Ministry of Justice said 195 arrested who were involved in the production of child pornography or have committed sexual abuse of children. The research has also indicated 383 children who have suffered abuse.
The raid targeted suspects who produced and distributed child pornography involved children online or in person for sexual purposes, and took part in the trafficking of women.
“During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technological crimes against children and that more than 3,700 presentations about Internet safety to more than 390,000 youth and adults,” it added in a statement.
The Ministry of Justice says the ICAC program since its start in 1998, has resulted in more than 83,000 arrests.